Today we are overly delighted to be interviewing Alex Donald. Her website Alex Donald’s Multiverse is a firm favourite read of ours here at handsome and pretty (we included it as one of our top five a couple of weeks ago). She certainly is one talented little lady.
“Alex Donald has been a DJ for many years playing in clubs, bars and festivals across Ireland, in addition to numerous gigs in London and even a stint in Dubai.
Alex also runs the blog Alex Donald’s Multiverse, which has been in existence since 2009 and covers a multitude of subjects including fashion, film and literature. The Multiverse was nominated for a prestigious eircom Spider award in 2010 and 2011.
Alex is currently hard at work redrafting her second novel which she hopes to get out to agents this summer.”
How and where are you today?
I am well, thank you! Right now I am currently sitting at my desk in my house in Dublin, which has a stunning view of a beautiful green golf course, drinking coffee (my second pot today!) and taking a break from redrafting my book to answer these questions.
How would you describe the journey that has brought you to this place? And was this the destination you had in mind?
The journey that has brought me here has been long and arduous and filled with many valuable life lessons, even though I wasn’t aware of them at the time. As for the destination? Did I think that I would be an unpublished writer at this age? No. But I am extraordinarily grateful to have been lucky enough to find the thing that I love doing more than anything else in the world. Many people never find that. And I am very happy when I sit down to work every day and that is worth all the money in the world.
Do you have a process to ensure you are in the right frame of mind to create?
I think if I waited until I was in the right frame of mind to create I wouldn’t get very much done! Writing is a job and so it is important to “show up at the page” every day whether you’re in the frame of mind for it or not. I find that this discipline and routine is essential and inspiration has a better chance of finding you if you’re already working!
How do you think your background and culture influences your creations?
The book I’m working on at the moment is certainly influenced by my background – in fact I have taken an incident from my own life and used that as the jumping off point to create a work of fiction. Additionally the book is set in Ireland and Irish culture is very relevant to the theme of the book which is motherhood in all its forms.
What does beauty mean to you?
Good grooming, red lipstick and a smile? I guess that’s the superficial kind of beauty! Deeper beauty I suppose could be summed up by the phrase “selfless love”.
If we had interviewed you when you were 11, what would you have told us you wanted to be when you grew up?
My stock answer to this question when I was a child was “a star”! I think at the age of eleven I was very much focussed on going into the family business (the music industry) and I desperately wanted to be a singer. I was in many bands, did tons of recording sessions and more than a few gigs throughout my teens and twenties, all the while nurturing dreams of making it big with a band. It took me until I was 28 to realise that in fact this was not the path for me and I was far more passionate about writing.
What advice have you received that you want everyone to benefit from?
If you want to be a professionally creative person, keep your overheads low! Don’t end up with a huge mortgage or enormous debts that you will have to pay off by getting a job that frustrates you. If your overheads are low you have much more freedom to live a meaningful and productive creative life.
Thank you so much for this Alex. We are so very happy you are in the family, and can’t wait to read your work!
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